Annie Leibovitz – A Photographer’s Life . 1990 – 2005

Posted in Art, Exhibition, Photography by Rollfilm on January 30, 2009

“A family album, a comprehensive exhibition, and a personal diary – Annie Leibovitz’s photographs from her private life and professional work merge seamlessly into a chronicle of the events, official commissions, and personal stories of the last fifteen years.

C/O Berlin presents “A Photographer’s Life” as first and only venue in Germany. The exhibition comprises a total of 200 photographs, many of them large-format works and monochrome landscapes, as well as a number of private family photos and small format black and white portraits.” [source: c/o berlin]

She is holding a lecture as well:

Annie Leibovitz
21.02.09 . 4 pm

To coincide with the Annie Leibovitz exhibition, C/O Berlin introduces the US-american photographer in a discussion. Annie Leibovitz will provide insight into her work, personal experiences, and views.

Annie Leibovitz, born in 1949 in Westport, Connecticut, USA, is one of the most important and influential portrait photographers worldwide. Covering both applied and artistic photography, the scope of her work is extremely broad. Along with her portraits, her photo documentaries and advertising campaigns for numerous American companies have achieved high acclaim. She attained international prominence in 1980, when she photographed John Lennon naked in bed with Yoko Ono – hours before his death. Leibovitz lives in the USA.

Pre-selling from 07.02.09 directly at C/O Berlin
No reservation
Admission 20 Euro . reduced 15 Euro

Sponsor American Express
Supporter audi . Wall . Dinamix
Ambassy of the United States of America
Media partner Vanity Fair . radio eins . zitty .



“We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence”

Posted in Art, Digital Photography, Photoblog, Photography, Portrait, Street Photography by Rollfilm on January 30, 2009

Simon Hogsberg – “We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence”

“100 meters of existence” – congratulations Simon for this perfect title to describe a location in my home town. Its the perfect label for the human traffic crossing the “Warschauer Brücke” (“Warsow Bridge”) everyday. And to a certain point this label – or title of your piece – perfectly reflects my state of mind regarding the feeling of  “passage” when it comes to this place of my hometown.

I used to cross the “warsow bridge” at least twice a day on my way to work and back home. And whenever i crossed it, i had moments of – what my professors called the “sociological point of view” – seeing the people crossing this intersection of human traffic as mediums. The people i saw were mediums of telling stories. Their stories. In a way.

So whenever i crossed the “Warsow Bridge” it was like diving into one of Hans Christian Andersons books.

One aspect of your work which is arguable for me, is the fact that i see a lot of Berlin – or in a broader sense – metropolitan stereotypes here. A lot of the characters shot by you for your piece transport a feeling of  “you have been looking for the extraordinary / freaks”.

On the other hand you managed to avoid this fallback into stereotypes when you captured moments of “John/Jane Does”-everyday life, as it happens on the “Warsow Bridge”, as well. That is where i locate the quality of this piece of work for me.

Even though i like the “special” moments as well, since they underline my feeling of living in this city, which grants a space for individual life styles – no matter what they are – i would have liked to see more everyday people.

Anyway. I like your approach and i like what you got out of it. Its familiar to me. Good work!

For more information on the work of Simon Hogsberg visit his page.

For the fotostream of his “Warsow Bridge – Berlin” project – follow this link.

ps: thanks pebaline for pointing me towards simon.

The Pink and Blue Project

Posted in Photography by Rollfilm on January 24, 2009

Jeong Mee Yoon’s “the pink and blue project” is the topic of her thesis. “This project explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism.

The Pink and Blue Projects were initiated by my five-year-old daughter, who loves the color pink so much that she wanted to wear only pink clothes and play with only pink toys and objects. I discovered that my daughter’s case was not unusual. In the United States, South Korea and elsewhere, most young girls love pink clothing, accessories and toys. This phenomenon is widespread among children of various ethnic groups regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Perhaps it is the influence of pervasive commercial advertisements aimed at little girls and their parents, such as the universally popular Barbie and Hello Kitty merchandise that has developed into a modern trend. Girls train subconsciously and unconsciously to wear the color pink in order to look feminine.

Pink was once a color associated with masculinity, considered to be a watered down red and held the power associated with that color. In 1914, The Sunday Sentinel, an American newspaper, advised mothers to “use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention.” The change to pink for girls and blue for boys happened in America and elsewhere only after World War II. As modern society entered twentieth century political correctness, the concept of gender equality emerged and, as a result, reversed the perspective on the colors associated with each gender as well as the superficial connections that attached to them . Today, with the effects of advertising on consumer preferences, these color customs are a worldwide standard.” source: “The pink & blue project” – website.

SeoWoo and Her Pink Things

SeoWoo and Her Pink Things

SeoWoo and Her Pink Things 2

SeoWoo and Her Pink Things 2


Jake and His Blue Things


Yeachan and His Blue Things

More information and  photographs at the project’s website.

search terms & google oddities

Posted in Photoblog by Rollfilm on January 4, 2009

these are some of the search terms which led people to this blog:

  • diane arbus
  • brassai
  • first photograph
  • david octavius hill


lately i get hits from the search term “too old to breastfeed” which is odd …

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Road to Peace

Posted in Movies, Music, Tom Waits, Video by Rollfilm on January 4, 2009
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